Bridport Arts Centre


South Street, Bridport
Dorset, DT6 3NR
Google map to the Arts Centre

Doors open 11.15am
Concert starts at 11.30AM
(finishes 12.30pm)


BOX OFFICE: 01308 424901
Tourist Information Centre
South Street – Bucky Doo Square – Bridport – DT6 3LF
Mon-Sat – 10am – 3pm

You can buy on the door at the Arts Centre from 11am by card only.

(Optional donation at the concert)

Tickets are sold online through Bridport Arts Centre.

The Concerts in the West Online booking is not available for Bridport, as they do all their own ticket sales via the Tourist Information Centre.

For details about the musicians and programme please go to an Ilminster or Crewkerne concert page.

Booking for the concerts in 2024 will be available to book from 1 November 2023.

Concessions: Students – £5 and children of 12 and under get in free with a paying adult.

There are several car parks in Bridport.

There is disabled access.

All the touring musicians will perform in Bridport on the Friday morning.

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2024 Season
16 February – The Perks Ensemble & Alexander Ullman piano
15 March – Sara Trickey violin & Ivana Gavrić piano
19 April – Gildas Quartet
17 May – Pocket Sinfonia
21 June – Lara Melda piano
19 July – Lumas Winds
6 September – Mēla guitar quartet
4 October – Hilary Cronin soprano & Asako Ogawa piano
15 November – Berkeley Ensemble

Bridport Arts Centre was originally a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and School House, built in 1838. The site was bought in May 1973 by The Bridport and District Arts Society, for use as a rehearsal and meeting space for their events and for staging professional and community productions.

Led by Peggy Chapman-Andrews, whose staunch belief in providing a creative space for Bridport was the foundation of the decision to purchase the buildings, a determined group of local people slowly but surely created an Arts Centre. Work was done to turn the Chapel into a theatre space, and to renovate the dilapidated School House and create an exhibition area, a meeting room and kitchen. Work continued for many years, as funds allowed, and eventually the two buildings were joined together with an extension, unifying the site and creating the footprint of the Arts Centre as we know it today.

The Chapel, now known as the Marlow Theatre, is a small scale performance space and seats nearly 200 people. Dressing rooms have taken the place of the Vestry and the organ loft provides storage for technical equipment. The old School House accommodates the Allsop Gallery, named for Kenneth Allsop, broadcaster, writer and one-time president of the Arts Society.

In 2016 the Arts Centre underwent an extensive refurbishment project to update parts of the building and ensure we could meet the expectations of contemporary audiences – one more chapter in the evolution of this building.

Today, the history of the Arts Centre is evident as you walk around the spaces. The beautiful stone exterior of the School House greets visitors as they arrive, while the balcony of the chapel today provides seating for audiences.

Creating Carmen

Creating Carmen – July 2021

Trio Sora

Trio Sōra – Pauline Chenais, Magdalēna Geka and Angèle Legasa – February 2019

Marriner, Beatson and Petrov

Andrew Marriner, Alasdair Beatson and Michael Petrov – January 2020

Linos Piano Trio

Linos Piano Trio – September 2021

Eusebius Quartet & Alasdair Beatson

Eusebius Quartet and Alasdair Beatson – March 2022


Spiritato – February 2023

Bridport Arts Centre